passive design

3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

Danish architecture firm 3XN just unveiled renderings for Sydney's new eye-catching glass skyscraper. The innovative design for the 49-story tower was selected from a multi-stage international

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

Bear in mind that Chris started working on his home back in the 1980s, which may seem like the dark ages to our younger readers, but puts into perspective the fact that he had access to a completely

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C.F. Moller’s  Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Møller's Sæby Strand offers a wide range of apartments that feature natural materials, great accessibility and solar panels mounted on their roofs. Each of the volumes provides optimal views of the

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

To symbolize the global network of digital fabricators, the design of the Endesa World Fab Condenser is based on a Dymaxion world map, a flattened projection of Earth created by Buckminster Fuller. The

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

Built to preserve Australia's indigenous botanical heritage, the PlantBank consists of research laboratories and teaching facilities that specialize in studying a collection of 25,000 native seeds.

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PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

Designed in 1963 by recent Cuban immigrant Hilario Candela, the stadium was acclaimed for its passive principle design, which keeps visitors naturally cool in the hot Miami sun.  The 6,566 seat stadium

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

The Norwegian School of Economics is the Latest in a String of Designer Learning Institutions

Part of the strategy to make the school enhance the area rather than overwhelm it is the all glass facade that reflects the coastal landscape and light, which changes during the day and throughout the

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Bid to Design New Ningbo Library in China

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Bid to Design New Ningbo Library in China

To accommodate an anticipated twofold increase in daily visitors, Schmidt Hammer Lassen organized the library's new extension into an open plan layout with 3,000 new study spaces. Located next to an

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

Inspired by the skin of a pinecone, Woods Bagot created a responsive, spiky facade that adjusts to reduce the effects of heat load, sun glare, and wind while allowing high amounts of natural daylight to

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Modscape’s Prefab Cottesloe House is a Gorgeous Daylit Home for a Family of Four in Australia

Modscape’s Prefab Cottesloe House is a Gorgeous Daylit Home for a Family of Four in Australia

The house was designed for a family of four, who have recently moved to Australia from Switzerland. Despite its simple and unobtrusive front façade, dominated by a vertical timber screen, the house

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

The former grocery store had been used as office space until the owners bought it and decided to turn it into a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. Located on Williams Street in an area that was once an

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Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Arsenal B47: Former Military Bunker Restored as a Modern, Efficient Mountain Home in the Alps

Rather than destroy the arsenal to make way for a new home, Ralph Germann proposed to keep the structure and renovate it. To ensure a high level of efficiency while retaining the building's original

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Wine distributors, journalists and wine sellers are all in for a treat when visiting the Richmond Ranges vineyards. The gorgeously creative façade facing the road is clad in weathered steel, which

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

The architects conceived the “unused” space of the project as public space or infrastructure that connects urban commuters and draws them towards “server spaces” such as art galleries, convention

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different

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Uplifting Vertical Garden with 4,000 Plants Rises in Mexico City’s Casa CorManca

Uplifting Vertical Garden with 4,000 Plants Rises in Mexico City’s Casa CorManca

The narrow Casa CorManca designed by Paul Cremoux Studio is a three story residence built on a 1894 square foot plot in Mexico City. South-facing, the slate-clad house has an interior courtyard, and the

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration, and

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Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw Architects has recently submitted its Development Application on behalf of Parramatta City Council for the landmark mixed-use tower. Aspire Tower will be located next to Parramatta Square on

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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